Aquatic Therapy FAQs

We Want you to be as prepared as possible for your first appointment. 

Do I need a prescription for aquatic physical therapy?
No. Under California's Direct Access Law, individuals may see a physical therapist for 12 visits or 45 days (whichever comes first) without a prescription. However, many insurance plans will require a prescription in order to reimburse your provider. You can request a prescription from your doctor for aquatic physical therapy. Please be sure the prescription includes a diagnosis. Your first appointment will be in the main office at Muller & Weber Physical Therapy for an evaluation of your current condition. Please bring a copy of your prescription, your insurance information and a list of any medications you are taking.

What if I can't swim?
No swimming skills are required to participate. A physical therapist or physical therapy assistant will always accompany you in the water, and all sessions are one-on-one. Certified lifeguards are always on site, in the water and/or on the pool deck.

What should I bring?
You will need a towel, swim suit, and clothing/cover up for after your pool session. Many patients choose to wear a hat or sunglasses. Water shoes are recommended for individuals with peripheral neuropathy, a history of foot wounds, balance issues, and/or Diabetes. 

What is your cancellation policy?
We require 24 hours' advance notice for physical therapy appointment cancellations to avoid a $50 fee.

Is this a group class?
No, each patient is treated individually.

Is there a shower?
Yes, showers and private changing rooms are available. We supply soap and shampoo. You must bring your own towel and any additional toiletries that you may need.

I am lost. How do I find Muller Aquatic Center?
We are located in the Funk Zone right behind Municipal Winemakers. Follow the black and white checkered tiles until you see our sign "Muller Aquatic Center." For more directions click HERE.

Do you use chlorine?
Yes, the pool is sanitized with chlorine. Our water chemistry is monitored closely throughout the day to ensure chlorine and pH levels remain adequate to keep our water healthy and clean. 

If I have open wounds, can I still use the pool?
All open wounds must be covered by a waterproof dressing prior to entering the water. We recommend 3M Tegaderm Transparent Film dressings, which may be purchased at your local drug store or online. Post-operative patients must have approval from their surgeon prior to beginning aquatic therapy or any of our water fitness classes.

Is the water warm?
Yes, the pool is always kept at 91-degrees, an ideal temperature for moderate exercise and stretching.

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us at (805) 845-1231 or email

Private changing rooms with showers

Private changing rooms with showers

ADA-compliant pool lift available

ADA-compliant pool lift available